Wedding season is in full force and here at Southern Living, we couldn’t be more thrilled. We’ll be bringing you weekly wedding-related posts—DIY ideas, etiquette tips, real weddings and more. This week, we’re collaborating with Ron Wendt of Ron Wendt Design, a native Texan who’s behind the exquisite floral events of Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Cartier.
“My mother’s family had a long farming history stretching from Georgia to South Carolina to Texas. When I was a child staying at my grandparents’ farm in South Texas, I remember loving the feel of the powder-fine alluvial soil underfoot and the joy of diving head first into a trailer full of freshly picked cotton. They were simple pleasures, but so much fun. You could grow anything in that soil. That’s where I began to love gardening and flowers.”
The Project: DIY Fall Bouquet
Timeline: A day before the wedding
Fall flowers (we used Cafe Au Lait Dahlia, Keira Garden roses, Garden Snow rambling roses, white echinacea, Matricaria or Feverfew, Chocolate Cosmos, Brown Amaranthus, Andromeda, Cotinus Foliage, Heuchera leaves, Mini Oak/acorn branches)
Green Floral Tape
Ribbon (we used Ivory Double Face Satin)
- Once you’ve gathered your materials, cut all the stems to be the same length. Clean the stems 0f any foliage or thorns about two-thirds of the way up. As you clean the stems, lay all the materials out in separate clusters of each variety.
- It’s easier to handle smaller clusters of flowers, so we suggest starting off by making smaller bouquets of five to seven stems. Start with one of the larger focal flowers, such as the dahlia, rose, or echinacea, and then add in a couple of the smaller stems, like Matricaria, a cluster of acorns, a stem of the Cotinus or Heuchera leaf. You can also add another focal flower to this small bouquet, if you’d like.
- Once you have the cluster, bind the stems two-thirds of the way up with green floral tape. Continue until you’ve made about five smaller bouquets. If you have any flowers left, you can fill in the final bouquet as needed.
- Take one of your clusters where it is bound with tape and hold straight. Using a second cluster, slightly angle the stems of the bouquets next to each other, so that the tape lines up. Secure together with floral tape on top of your original bindings. Continue adding each of the additional small bouquets in the same manner.
- Once all of your small clusters are securely gathered into one bouquet, you can turn the arrangement to see if additional blooms are needed. If so, add in extra stems and secure with tape.
- Carefully dry the stems of your bouquet and set gently on a towel. Using about 30″ of ribbon, find the center and place it gently over the tape on your bouquet. Wrap the ribbon twice around the stems, bringing toward the front and finishing with a bow. Trim the ribbon tails to your desired length.
Pro tip: You can recut the stems of your bouquet and hold in a vase of shallow water (as not to wet the ribbon) to keep it fresh until use. However, be sure to dry the stems to avoid getting water on the bride’s dress.